Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government has announced to impose a 7-day-lockdown in the Itanagar Capital Region (ICR) from May 10 in view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation.
The ICR consists of Itanagar, the state capital, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa.
Addressing media persons on Friday, ICR deputy commissioner Talo Potom said the lockdown would come into force from 5 am on May 10 and would remain applicable till 5 am on May 17.
“The lockdown is being imposed as a precautionary measure taking into consideration the sudden spurt in the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the region,” Potom said.
The Capital district administration had on Thursday declared several areas of the ICR as micro containment zones.
Potom said contact tracing would be intensified during this period and appealed to all the citizens to strictly follow the SoPs.
With regards to availability of food items and other essential products, the DC said provision would be made in the respective colonies and sectors in coordination with the police and market associations.
“The administration along with Arunachal Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee is trying to set the price of commodities so as to avoid black marketing,” he said.
Potom assured that the people would not face issues this time around as they did during last year’s lockdown and the two-day buffer period (May 08 and 09) is for the public to buy essential commodities.
Meanwhile, the government has also advanced the night curfew to 6.30 pm from the current 9 pm with restrictions all across the state.
The night curfew will be in place from 6.30 pm to 5 am starting May 8 and would remain in effect till May 31.
Principal Secretary (Health) Dr Sharat Chauhan informed that the night curfew will be in place from 6.30 pm to 5 am starting May 8 and would remain in effect till May 31.
As per the new guidelines, all the shop and business establishments shall shut by 4 pm on all days while no meeting/gathering at any open or closed spaces shall be allowed.
Only religious part of marriages would be allowed, with a maximum of 20 guests and no reception parties will be allowed for post or pre marriage functions, Dr Chauhan said.
The congregation of not more than five persons shall be allowed at any religious places while gatherings at a funeral has been capped at 20, he added.
The government has also suspended the issuance of new Inner Line Permits (ILPs) during the period of this order.
Dine-in at restaurants, eateries would be allowed till 4 pm while takeaway including home delivery of food is allowed till 6.30 pm. Home delivery of essential goods through e-Commerce would continue with observance of COVID appropriate behaviour.
Cold storages and warehouses may continue after 4 pm, however, sale counters, showrooms, etc. attached to these warehouses or cold storages shall not operate after 4 pm.
Pharmacies, hospitals, animal care centers and veterinary clinics may operate without these restrictions being providers of essential and emergency services.
Except for officers, only 50 per cent employees can work at government offices and the decision of which shall be taken by the respective heads of departments.
All public transport authorities shall enforce Covid-19 appropriate behavior and seating inside the vehicles, carriers, containers etc and the auto rickshaws and taxis shall operate with one driver and two passengers, maintaining social distancing norms.
City buses, intra-district, inter-district and inter-state buses will be allowed to operate with 50% seating capacity.
Wearing a face mask is mandatory even for a single person driving a vehicle.
Exemptions have been given to officials and persons, both government and private involved in emergency services, disaster response and law enforcement agencies, defense and para military forces and all other essential services on production of valid identity cards.
All private medical personnel such as doctors, nursing staff, paramedical staff etc, and other hospital services, state and central government employees attending office duties, judicial officers/officials of courts of Arunachal Pradesh would also be exempted from the curfew on production of a valid identity card.
Dr Chauhan said persons coming from/going to airports/railway and bus stations on production of a valid ticket and the electronic and print media have also been exempted from the curfew on production of valid identity card.
There shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement/transportation of essential/non-essential goods. No separate permission/e-pass will be required for such movements, he said.
All educational institutions, including schools, colleges, and universities, have been directed to abide by the instructions issued by the department of education.
Meanwhile, in the event of declaration of containment zones, the district administrations have been directed to enforce strict restrictions as per directives issued by the Union Health Ministry on April 25 last in consultation with the health and family welfare department.